Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday gave the strongest hint yet about who his running mate would be if he was chosen as the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), describing Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as his right hand man.
Nana Addo reaffirmed his confidence in the man who partnered him during the last polls when he (Nana Addo) hosted a cross-section of Muslims led by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, at his Nima residence for a fast-breaking session.
He requested for prayers from the Islamic cleric for him and “my right hand man Dr. Bawumia who is a Muslim.”
It was a colourful scene to behold as Muslim chiefs from Accra assembled around a table to break their Ramadan fast followed by the saying of the last two prayers of the day. Nana’s residence was turned into a mosque when his Muslim guests undertook congregational prayers.
Fruits were in abundance, including dates, which the faithful broke their fasts with.
That was not all. Dinner was served as Nana’s guests ate and engaged one another in hearty parleys.
The session, which also had seven MPs attending, was at the request of Nana Akufo-Addo, who said the presence of the Chief Imam at his home and the subsequent prayers had turned his abode into a holy place.
Akufo-Addo extolled the virtues of Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, praising him for his contributions towards national development and added, “he is father to all Ghanaians.”
He prayed to God to grant the cleric long life so he could continue to support the nation with his wisdom and prayers.
Nana requested prayers from his guests for Ghana, which he noted was passing through difficult times, explaining that “it is because of the challenges the nation is facing that others and I are putting up ourselves for national leadership.”
Nana prayed for “unity of our nation, unity of tribes, unity of sexes and unity of religions for it is in that unity that we find strength.”
He implored, “When you pray, think of me and pray for me. Ask Allah to give me wisdom, strength, long life and a good heart to achieve the vision I have for this nation.”
Alhaji Baba Issa, who spoke for the National Chief Imam, expressed gratitude to Nana for letting them into his house to break their fast.
He prayed Allah to bless their host and reward him bountifully.
The guest list was long, and it included the crème de la crème of the Islamic community in Accra and some NPP Muslim members such as former National Chairman, Harona Esseku; founder of NPP Nasara Club, Alhaji Fusseini Maiga; Alhaji Awudu Sadat, aide to former Vice President Aliu Mahama and former National Organiser, Moctar Musa Bamba.